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"Verbal log. Nova Corps Operative: 11249-44396 / Richard Rider... I...I was there...the last day of Nova Corps... I was there... I'm still here... God help me, I'm still here."
Richard Rider, Annihilation Day Plus 7

In 2006, Marvel Comics had their big Crisis Crossover Civil War. But this conflict was confined only to Earth and the Marvel Universe contained many, many characters that were space-based. So they had a simultaneous Crisis Crossover just for them: Annihilation.

At the maximum security prison the Kyln, in the area of space known as "the Crunch," a massive armada called the Annihilation Wave destroys nearly everything. Nothing can stand in the Annihilation Wave's path, especially as it destroys one of the first obstacles: the Nova Corps, where Richard Rider, Earth's Nova, is the only survivor. Elsewhere, the Silver Surfer senses an infestation; Kl'rt the Super-Skrull hears rumors of a strange superweapon; Ronan the Accuser becomes the accused; and Thanos has a conversation with Death, who tells him "something wonderful" is going to happen. And as the Annihilation Wave bears down on the universe, at its head is Annihilus who shouts "Annihilus is the will and the way and he will not be denied!"


Annihilation was spread out over a number of mini-series:

  • Drax the Destroyer: Earth Fall 1-4 (actually a prelude)
  • Annihilation Prologue
  • Annihilation: Nova 1-4
  • Annihilation: Silver Surfer 1-4
  • Annihilation: Super-Skrull 1-4
  • Annihilation: Ronan 1-4
  • Annihilation 1-6

In addition, there was an Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus spin-off tying up some loose ends. The fourth volume of Nova spun out of this event.

A few months later there was a sequel: Annihilation: Conquest, which followed the same format as its predecessor, save for the fourth mini-series being replaced by the then-current Nova series. A few months after the Annihilation War has ended, and the universe is beginning to rebuild. Unfortunately, new villains take advantage of the fragmented chaos, and take over the Kree Galaxy, shunting it out of space entirely, leaving only a few heroes capable of fighting them inside.


The fallout of these events would form part of Marvel's subsequent Space Opera crossovers, the War of Kings in 2009, and The Thanos Imperative in 2010, as well as starting off the second volume of Guardians of the Galaxy.

In 2019, another sequel was released: Annihilation: Scourge which along with a concurrent Marvel 2099 event tested a new event format for the company which included an introduction, four one-shots focusing on each of the major characters, and a final "Omega" issue. Years after the Cancerverse's failed invasion of the Marvel Universe, the many angled ones launch a surprise attack in the Negative Zone, forming an alliance with the Sentry, whose Void persona had managed to separate from Bob Reynolds and take full control of his near limitless power. A handful of heroes band together to repel this invasion that infects the Negative Zone at a rapid rate before it could launch a second invasion of the main universe.

In 2021, a crossover event was announced: The Last Annihilation, which sees the newest and largest incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Krakoa's space-based defenders, S.W.O.R.D. teaming up to defend an upbraided galaxy from a mysterious new evil.

Not to be confused with the 2004 Forgotten Realms novel Annihilation, or the 2014 Sci-Fi Horror novel Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (or its 2018 film adaptation).

Annihilation provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parent: Elysius, Phyla-Vell's mother, was incredibly cold and uncaring toward her daughter, only telling her about her brother's death while upbraiding her.
  • The Alliance: The United Front.
  • Alliterative Name: Richard Rider.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Phalanx managed to get their hands on a Super-Adaptoid, which among its abilities are those of the early seventies Avengers, and the original Captain Marvel.
  • Amazon Brigade: Gamora and the Graces.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Rocket Racoon in the Star-Lord miniseries has some obsessive-compulsive tendencies. And is asked by Bug, whether or not he has it.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Rich orders an orbital bombardment on his position, and the narration mentions the med-techs growing him a new leg afterward.
  • Angst Coma: Essentially the reason Adam Warlock was a no-show for the first Annihilation. The sheer amount of dead overwhelmed his mind and caused him to go into a coma for several months.
  • Anti-Villain: Super-Skrull, who maims, tortures, and kills in his way to stop the Harvester of Sorrow.
  • And This Is for...: "THIS IS FOR NOVA CORPS!"
  • Anyone Can Die: Quasar, though he got better in the pages of Nova a few years later. Same goes for the Super-Skrull. And Thanos. The only ones who have stayed dead so far are the heralds of Galactus.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Wraith decides to call himself that after a rant from Ronan.
  • Asshole Victim: The leaders of House Fiyero. They turned the Supreme Intelligence into a vegetable, framed Ronan for treason and basically sold the Kree empire to Annihilus to save their skin. No one felt bad for them when Ronan executed them.
  • A-Team Firing: Peter Quill, after getting his cybernetic implants removed, takes a while to get back into the hang of aiming.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Ultron's final form in Conquest is a giant version of himself.
  • Badass Normal: Peter Quill, the former Star-Lord, is probably the only normal human fighter in the resistance. He doesn't like to talk about what happened to his powers.
  • Bad Boss: Annihilus blows up a small chunk of his fleet just for not taking a planet quickly enough. Thanos of all people calls him on it.
    • Ultron vaporises Korath the Pursuer, the first being he made a Select, for not apprehending Adam Warlock.
  • The Berserker: Deathcry. It's how she wound up being arrested by the Kree, as well as how she gets killed.
  • BFG: Rocket Racoon loves his guns. During preparation for their suicide mission, he takes a shine to a minigun. Peter Quill is incredulous.
    Peter Quill: How's he going to carry it around? On a little cart?
  • Big Bad: Annihilus.
    • Ultron for the sequel, Annihilation:Conquest
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Set up by Annihilus' goons, the Silver Surfer is rescued by Firelord and Red Shift.
    • In Conquest, Nova and his allies, especially Warlock of the Technarchy. Dramatic punches from offscreen stop Ultron from laying a beatdown on one of our heroes twice in three pages.
    Warlock: Ultron-Phalanx! You face the wrath of your parent race! And we are not pleased!
    • Another one comes earlier, when Peter Quill is saved from death by Rocket Racoon in his usual style.
    Rocket Racoon: (After having killed every Phalanx in the room) "And that is how we do things in the Racooniverse!"
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • They saved the universe, but billions are dead, the Nova Corps is destroyed, the Skrulls are on the verge of extinction...and after Annihilus's death, they still have to cede territories to Ravenous and the leftover Annihilation Wave just so the fighting will stop, and Surfer has been largely stripped of his morals by Galactus. Oh and Annihilus isn't quite dead. And let's not get started when The Phalanx decided to take advantage of this.
    • Conquest as well. The Phalanx and Ultron have been stopped, but the universe has taken a serious beating, several million more Kree have been killed, Mantis is badly hospitalised, and Moondragon is dead.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Blastaar of the Negative Zone can enter a catatonic hibernation that makes it look like he's dead. Comes in handy if you need someone to infiltrate a Phalanx Babel Spire.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Super-Skrull's miniseries, given that he's a jerkass who isn't above using violence and torture to get what he wants, against the Annihilation Wave.
  • Blatant Lies: On several occasions after introducing himself, Drax is met with some variation of "You mean, the Destroyer?" & his response is simple "No."
  • Body Horror: If someone with Phalanx tech in them goes near K'vch tech, they turn into a Babel Spire. Worse, Drax and Gamora, two of the deadliest characters there are, are screaming as it happens.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Technically the victims of the Phalanx during the Conquest arc. Some of the characters being Richard Rider, Gamora and Drax. Curiously, some of them know they're brainwashed, and are angry about it, yet still praise being Phalanx.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: The Silver Surfer manages to kill Aegis and Tenebrous, but at the very near cost of killing himself, until Galactus revives him.
  • Broken Record: Gabriel the Air-Walker, as he begins to die, starts repeating his last words over and over.
  • Bug War
  • Bullying a Dragon: Three House Fiyero loyalists do this to Ronan, insulting him and trying to demand his arrest at gunpoint. While Ronan still has his Universal Weapon to hand. He promptly disintegrates them.
  • Call-Back:
    • When the Worldmind tries to talk Richard Rider into taking the entire Nova Force, Richard angrily brings up the case of Garthan Saal, who did just that and quickly went insane, back in Nova's old series.
    • When talking with Ten-Cor, his attaché, Peter Quill notes she acts like his old ship, Ship.
  • Captain's Log: Richard Rider keeps a Nova Corps log.
  • Catchphrase: The Worldmind has "It is critical you pay attention at this time." It usually says this when Richard Rider does something dangerous or stupid. It says this a lot.
  • Civvie Spandex: By the last mini-series, Richard Rider has gone from a normal costume to wearing a jacket over it.
  • The Chosen One:
    • Mantis, the Celestial Madonna. It's apparently the reason the Kree imprisoned her.
    • Peter Quill, formerly the Star-Lord. At one point he even mentions he never bothered checking what that meant.
  • Clear My Name: Ronan's goal during the war is to get back his job and life, first by finding the Rigellian Tana Nile and learning who bribed her into testifying against him. Then the Annihilation Wave kills her, forcing a change in plans.
  • C-List Fodder: The Nova Corps are wiped out in the first week of the war.
  • Les Collaborateurs: House Fiyero eventually begin working with the Annihilation Wave. Ronan deals with them.
  • Conflict Killer:
    • Annihilus managed to get most of the Negative Zone under his rule by claiming the regular universe was destroying it (with the backup plan of beating the crap out of anyone who didn't fall into line).
    • Peter Quill thinks this would happen if the Wave reaches Earth, whose mightiest heroes are having their own little problem. Richard Rider, normally the more idealistic of the two, thinks they'd probably still be bickering even as the Wave burns their world out from under them.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: A lot of obscure Cosmic Marvel characters appear throughout both events
  • Continuity Lockout: Somewhat averted, since pretty much everything is explained in the series, but still, some things people won't understand until they've read back issues from the '70s, like who the heck Gamora is or what the history is between Thanos and Drax. (Which lead to Marvel releasing a trade called Annihilation: Classic).
  • Continuity Nod: During Conquest, Ultron's encounter with the Mighty Avengers is mentioned, and given as his explanation for changing the Phalanx's tactics.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Phalanx resort to this when Peter Quill claims any attempt to integrate him will automatically kill them. Ultron calls them on it and brings out the Encephalo Ray.
  • Cool Sword:
    • Phyla-Vell's default construct with the Quantum Bands is a sword. She has a meltdown when she breaks it.
    • Gamora's still got her sword, Godslayer.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Nova tries to take on Annihilus single-handed. He gets his ass handed to him.
    • Ronan versus Ravenous, who only a few months before (in-universe) survived fights with the Silver Surfer. Ronan takes a good chunk of Ravenous's face off.
  • Custom Uniform: Richard Rider's Nova outfit is altered to a new design in order to regulate the full power of the Nova Force.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Peter Quill regards his choice to take cybernetic implants as "rejecting his humanity".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Peter Quill, due to an unpleasant incident involving a former herald of Galactus and a colony full of innocents. As Kree captain Chan-Dar notes, these sorts of pasts have a tendency to catch up to people.
  • Dating Catwoman: Nova, the last of the Nova Corps, and Gamora, the Deadliest Woman in the Universe.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Several galaxies worth of snarkers. Including forces of energy, on occasion.
  • Defiant to the End: Facing off against several Phalanx, and Ultron in Adam Warlock's body, Peter Quill just tells them to do their worst. Fortunately Nova chooses that moment to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Played for Drama between Deathcry and Gabriel Vargas. He sees vaporising an attacking drone as helping a teammate, while Deathcry takes it as a slight, because Shi'Ar honor-law dictates that by doing so, he's implying she couldn't have done it herself. Unforunately, Gabe does it a second time, setting Deathcry off and resulting in her death and Gabe's Heroic BSoD.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Why Gamora founded the Graces, and why she's so happy about becoming a Phalanx Select.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Mantis.
  • Doomsday Device: Annihilus wants to turn Galactus into a universe-destroying bomb.
  • The Dreaded: The Phalanx actually fear Wraith.
  • Drop the Hammer: Ronan's hammer, which can also restructure molecules. He usually just uses it to hit people really, really hard.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: Averted. The Annihilation Wave doesn't touch Earth, which is probably a good thing, since, as the Xandarian Worldmind notes in its files, the planet's ability to defend itself is severely crippled by the combination of the depowering of the majority of its mutant population and the rest of its heroes too focused on fighting each other in Civil War.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom:
    • The Silver Surfer has a habit of doing this when pissed, though in at least one instance the planet was confirmed uninhabited.
    • The Harvester of Sorrows eats planets after making them blow up.
    • Terrax does this in Heralds when the inhabitants annoy him by asking for help.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Tenebous of the Darkness Between and Aegis, Lady of All Sorrows.
  • Elite Mooks: The Centurions.
  • Enemy Mine: Blastaar, usually an antagonist to the Nova Corps and the Fantastic Four, supplies Nova, Peter Quill and Phyla-Vell with teleportation tubes that will allow them to get them close to Annihilus.
    • Also, Ronan and Super-Skrull are usually villains but help Nova and the others defeat the Annihilation Wave. In fact, Ronan and Super-Skrull being on the same side counts as well; Kree and Skrulls hate each other.
  • The End of the Universe as We Know It
  • Eviler Than Thou: According to the Dark Reign handbook, the Phalanx are this to the Annihilation Wave. Crosses into Informed Attribute, though, since the Phalanx want to take over the universe, not blow it all up, not that it makes it any better.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • The reason the Annihilation Wave attacked Xandar was to get the Air-Walker's attention.
    • What's Ultron's ultimate goal? Return to Earth and rub how powerful he is in his father's face.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: The High Evolutionary, once again, who was hired by the Kree Supreme Intelligence for exactly that reason.
  • Eye Scream: Phalanx infection is signposted by wiring coming out of and covering the infectee's eyes.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The Kree don't like humans, because they think we're "monkeys". Apparently Peter Quill hit on his aide Ten-Cor repeatedly while drunk, only for her to turn him down because of this.
    • As Rocket Racoon later points out, the Kree think everyone else is a lower life-form.
  • Felony Misdemeanor:
    • Why is Bug in prison? He got an otherwise unimportant Kree woman pregnant. The Kree take things like 'genetic purity' seriously.
    • Rocket Racoon was imprisoned for parking tickets. He claims the Kree didn't say he couldn't park there until they arrested him.
  • Female Gaze: Cammi takes a moment to note that Richard's outfit is very tight.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: None of Peter Quill's team get on at first, with one of them trying to kill another. By the time they finish their Suicide Mission, this has changed, and the survivors go on to help found the Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Mantis mentions that they've lost three team members, confusing Star-Lord, who points out they've only lost two so far, so why's she saying three?
    Mantis: Because this is the part where Ultron teleports in and hits me.
    (Cue Ultron teleporting in and hitting her)
  • Flanderization: Groot's habit of saying "I am Groot" starts in Annihilation: Conquest. He is capable of saying other things, but come Guardians of the Galaxy, this falls by the wayside. The fifth volume brought back his capability to say other things, though.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When the Phalanx block Kree space from the rest of the universe, Phyla sees a glimpse of Wraith, a cocoon, Rocket Racoon, Bug and Deathcry.
    • At the end of Conquest, Adam Warlock mentions that a war is coming that would make the Annihilation war look small.
    • The physical design of the Phalanx gives small hints that Ultron is their leader.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Nobody on Quill's team seems very upset when Deathcry bites it.
  • Freudian Slip: During a particularly heated argument, Nova calls the Worldmind "Dad".
  • From Bad to Worse: From day one. First the Nova Corps is wiped out. Then Quasar gets killed, allowing Annihilus to take his quantum bands, becoming even more powerful. Then the Wave ploughs through the Skrull Empire. The United Front manages to hold them off for a while, and then the Wave manages to capture Galactus, and turn him into a weapon. After that, the United Front just gives up, forcing Nova, Phyla-Vell and Quill to try and take on Annihilus alone.
    • And just when the heroes finally "killed" Annihilus and started bringing stability to the universe, Ultron and the Phalanx come a-knockin'.
  • The Gadfly: The Super-Skrull loves making pithy comments at Ronan's expense every few seconds.
  • A God Am I: The High Evolutionary is convinced he's a god. He's powerful, and really clever, but he's not a god yet.
  • Godzilla Threshold: In an attempt to break through the Phalanx's barrier, the Badoon use something called a Continuum Ram. The captain of the lead ship on hearing this remarks that he doesn't know which is worse; that the Badoon have such a weapon, that they don't care whether everyone else knows it exists, or that it didn't work.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Annihilus' forces are hunting down the heralds of Galactus. They irreparably damage the Air-Walker when they learn he's just a robot.
  • Got Volunteered: Peter Quill's squad. They were all in prison before hand, most of them for minor acts. Rocket Racoon, for example, was in there for parking tickets. But since none of them are Kree, they're the perfect choice to send on a Suicide Mission.
    • Rocket claims Groot volunteered to bring down the Babel Spire by being set on fire. Apparently his exact words were: "I AM GROOT!"
  • Grand Theft Me: Adam Warlock's body is stolen by Ultron.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Kl'rt the Super-Skrull has all the powers of the Fantastic Four, although he uses them a little more...dangerously. Like stretching his arm so thin that it becomes like razor-wire and then cutting enemies in half with it.
    • Quasar's Quantum-Bands
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe:
    • Gamora, the Deadliest Woman in the Universe. Annihilation has her as what had been her standard olive-green, but from Conquest onwards she's a very vivid green.
    • Mantis, as well.
    • Annihilus is first seen with two green-skined insect babes as his Paid Harem in his throne room.
    • The Kree officers Ten-Cor and Ko-Rel are blue skinned space babes.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic:
    • Averted with Richard Rider, who wears a helmet and is the most heroic and selfless character around, barring one or two moments early on in the war.
    • And again with Peter Quill, come Conquest. He's given a fancy-looking helmet by the Kree, and keeps it even after everything's over.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Groot, in Conquest, in order to bring down the Babel Spire. He gets better.
  • Hive Mind: Pretty much all of the Annihilation Wave is controlled through Annihilus and his Queens. Which is good, since killing him or the Queens will pretty much leave the wave without direction. The lack of individuality means none of them will risk their lives for one another.
  • Honor Before Reason: Deathcry keeps getting offended by Captain Universe accidentally making slights on her honor. Combined with a Hair-Trigger Temper, and she eventually tries to kill him. He vaporises her without meaning to in self-defense.
  • Hulk Speak: Drax starts out speaking like this. Then he dies and comes back to life smarter.
  • Kree Resources: The Phalanx do this to fuel their Babel Spire, killing thousands of Kree a day.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: According to her Nova Corps file, Cammi became a talented pilot due to her years of playing video games.
  • Implacable Man:
    • Drax, Ronan. The Annihilation Wave barely slows either of them down.
    • Note that in Drax's case, he was on a planet being devoured by a weaponized Galactus, and he still somehow survived.
  • Insistent Terminology: The Phalanx are very clear that Great Ultron is to be referred to as Great Ultron.
  • It's All My Fault: Peter Quill in regards to the Phalanx invasion.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gabriel the Air-Walker, Red Shift, Deathcry, Captain Universe, Korath the Pursuer, Praxagora.
  • Knife Nut: Drax happens to carry two big-ass knives on his person, and most of his plans consist of stabbing his opponent with them repeatedly.
  • Knight Templar: Ronan the Accuser. Although he generally kills bad people, he really doesn't care about the consequences or what happens afterwards.
  • Last of His Kind:
    • Stardust, when the Annihilation Wave destroys her race. And then again when she hands the survivors over to Galactus.
    • Tenebrous and Aegis are the last of their kind, the rest having died long ago.
    • The Phalanx believed that Groot's species was extinct. As a later miniseries would show, they were anything but. They just don't like leaving home.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Cammi.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Okay, let's see: we have the main characters, Nova, Drax, Kl'rt, Silver Surfer, Ronan, and then we have side characters like Firelord (and the rest of the Heralds), Paibok the Power Skrull, Gamora, Moondragon, Thanos, Phyla-Vell, Quasar, Star-Lord, and many, many others. Suffice to say, if they're a space hero, they were probably seen, even if only in a cameo.
  • Mercy Kill:
    • Ronan does this to the Supreme Intelligence, once he finds what House Fiyero have done to it.
    • Ronan's plan in Conquest is to send an army of Phalanx-proof sentries to Mercy Kill all the Kree on Hala. Fortunately, this doesn't come to fruition.
  • The Mole: R'kin, who turns on Kl'rt just as he was about to destroy the Harvester of Sorrow.
  • Mind Rape: Ultron's encephalo ray. Even with Mantis providing a buffer, it still makes Peter Quill scream his head off.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: A boatload. There's Drax the Destroyer, Annihilus, Ravenous, Thanos, and, of course, the Harvester of Sorrow.
    • Not to mention: Galactus
  • Neutral No Longer: The Silver Surfer was content to stay out of the war, seeing it as not his problem. Then Annihilus went after all of Galactus' heralds, eventually drawing the Surfer into the fight.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Mantis suddenly turns out to have the ability to hide herself from Phalanx detection just as Quill's squad get captured. Quill is understandably pretty miffed at this.
  • New Super Power: Adam Warlock gets some new powers after he wakes up, but since he was woken up early, there's a lot of initial teething trouble, which causes him physical pain at the worst possible moments.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Drax finally manages to accomplish his goal in life, and kills Thanos... just as he was about to free Galactus.
    • Fighting the Super-Adaptoid gives it enough information to copy Phyla-Vell's Quantum Bands for itself.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The Super-Adaptoid copies and steals Phyla's quantum energy for itself, allowing her to absorb it back into her bands and kill it.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Wraith fits the trope to a tee: Mysterious and brooding loner? Check. Short and dark name? Check. Got his powers from evil entities? Check. He even has a bike similar to Lobo's.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: A not-completely turned Ronan inflicts one of these on Wraith, finally ending with him being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice. It still doesn't kill Wraith.
  • Noodle Incident: The exact reason Gamora ended up on Gothab Omega isn't clear, but Korath mentions she'd been spurned by the cosmic forces.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Groot doesn't care about saving the Kree. He's just up against the Phalanx because they might one day be a threat to his home planet.
  • "Not So Different" Remark:
    • Ravenous claims he and the Silver Surfer are this, being servants to a higher power, when really Ravenous is just a murderous thug working for an Omnicidal Maniac.
    • Thanos and Annihilus acknowledge they have several things in common.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone's reaction when they learn Annihilus has captured Galactus.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Annihilus, who wants to destroy both the regular universe and the Negative Zone just so he can be the last living thing standing. Even Thanos tries to stop him after that.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted in Annihilation: Conquest, where there's Adam Warlock, and Warlock of the New Mutants.
  • One-Winged Angel: Ultron tries this at the end of Conquest to stave off defeat by forming all of Ronan's Kree Sentries into a giant version of himself.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Even after being lobotomised and given a Mercy Kill by Ronan, the Supreme Intelligence was still alive, until the Phalanx found it. Wraith manages to kill it for good (until a couple of years later, that is).
  • Planet Eater: Besides Galactus, there's the Harvester of Sorrow. After Super-Skrull blows that up, Annihilus and Thanos capture Galactus and make him into one (well... More of one).
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: After several panels of House Fiyero desperately trying to save their sorry butts, Ronan just declares "Know that House Fiyero stands accused". The next shot is him walking calmly out of the room, alone.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A lot of the final battles in Annihilation end with one large battle cry. Special mentions go to Ronan's "GUILTY!", Galactus "HERALD MY RAGE!" and Nova's defiant "THIS IS FOR THE NOVA CORPS!" as he finally kills Annihilus, ending the war.
  • Reconstruction: For the Cosmic side of the Marvel Universe.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Super-Skrull, although he gets better after a few months.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Phyla tries to rush Ultron after he kills Moondragon, never mind that she's hopelessly outclassed. Adam quickly rescues her.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Gabriel the Air-Walker is a ridiculously Xandarian robot, but since the average Xandarian looks pretty human, he still qualifies. It's also a plot point. The Wave forces had no idea he was a robot, and are... pretty angry when they find out.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Richard tries this immediately after getting the Nova Force, winding up with his blacking out and crashing. He quickly admits that it was a stupid move.
  • Rousing Speech: Just before infiltrating the Babel Spire, Quill gives one of these to his team... only to be met with blank looks, before muttering "thought not" and moving on.
  • Sanity Slippage: Richard Rider is unwilling to take the entire Nova Force because this happened to the last person who did it. Ultimately, there isn't much choice. He does have a momentary burst of rage, complete with Slasher Smile, but beyond that nothing.
    • The fact that he's got the Worldmind and Drax nearby helps.
  • Scaled Up: Moondragon turns into a dragon in Conquest. She makes it clear it's a one-way thing, and that it's also the result of Demonic Possession by the Dragon of the Moon, which she has a history with.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In the beginning of the universe, Galactus imprisoned Tenebrous of the Darkness Between and Aegis Lady of All Sorrows in the Kyln. The Annihilation Wave set them free.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Richard Richard was the last survivor of the Nova Corps. He spent four days alternating between not doing anything and passing out, until the Worldmind summoned him, and even then he's still in a nasty state of shock.
  • Shooting Superman: At the beginning of Conquest, a group of thugs try to shoot Phyla-Vell. It goes as well as you'd expect.
  • Shout-Out:
    • During the Silver Surfer's mini-series, Annihilus's throne-room looks familiar...
    • Peter Quill explicitly compares the suicide mission to the Dirty Dozen.
    • The Uni-Force and Gabriel Vargas discuss their options. They decide "Use The Force" is their best option.
  • Someone Else's Problem:
    • The Silver Surfer is amazingly unconcerned about the war, up until it gets personal.
    • Oh, Annihilus is about to blow up the entire universe? Drax doesn't care.
    • Ronan as well. The war doesn't matter to him. Nothing matters except clearing his name, and after that becomes a moot point, finishing House Fiyero.
    • Wraith, meanwhile, really doesn't care about the whole "Phalanx taking over a galaxy" thing until it starts bothering him.
  • Space Cold War: This is the status quo post-Annihilation.
  • Space Police: The Nova Corps. They don't last long.
  • Spider-Sense: Bug has his own version.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: There's a massive army tearing its way through the Andromeda Galaxy, followed by the Lesser Magellanic Cloud. Skrulls and Kree start dying in the millions, entire planets are destroyed, and where are the Shi'ar? Not remotely involved once, since the Wave goes right around them (and the Shi'ar are having their own internal dispute).
  • That Man Is Dead: Peter Quill is very insistent that "Star-Lord" is dead.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In order to deal with Ultron, the High Evolutionary blows up a star, as it's "the only way to be sure". It only pisses Ultron off.
  • Time Skip: Annihilation tie-ins end at different points in time ('Annihilation: Nova' ends 11 days after Xandar's destruction, 'Annihilation: Ronan' 99 days, for example). Nova, Ronan, Silver Surfer and Super-Skrull never meet each other during their respective tie-ins. The main series starts several months later, with some of those characters already having organized a unified resistance.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Richard Rider takes several, going from perennial C-lister to one of the most powerful superheroes Marvel has.
  • Villain Override: Ultron manages to take over Praxagora, and makes her self-destruct in the process. Then he takes over several hundred Kree Sentries.
  • Villainous Rescue: Galactus plays a vital role in bringing down the Annihilation Wave.
  • War Arc: Self-explanatory.
  • We Have Reserves: House Fiyero doesn't even seem that as reserves, more like resources to be spent as they chose.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Praxagora is actually in love with Kl'rt the Super-Skrull, who is a colossal jerk to her. Though, he does show some sorrow when Ultron takes control of and self-destructs her, saying that she deserved a better death.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • The Graces just disappear after Annihilation. Which is definitely not a good thing, given most of them are criminals and murderers.
    • Cammi disappears along with Skreet. Cammi would eventually reappear years later, but Skreet is nowhere to be seen.
    • Ten-Cor is a Kree soldier who features throughout the Conquest one-shot that begins that event, and is taken over by the Phalanx... and is never seen again.
  • The Worf Effect: Nebula and Stellaris, both of whom are major-grade cosmic threats (Nebula blew up the home planet of the Nova Corps some decades ago), fall pretty quickly to Ronan.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Kl'rt definitely did, but then, this kid kinda had it coming.
    • The Phalanx have no problem liquefying children for fuel.
  • Wretched Hive: Gothab Omega, the planet where Gamora and her Graces have holed up, along with several Kree soldiers.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: With no House Fiyero and no Supreme Intelligence, Ronan ends up in charge of the Kree Empire.